Getting Started

Thinking about life after Oberlin can feel overwhelming. It’s never too soon—or too late—to take advantage of your Career Development Center. Whether you’re a First Year thinking about choosing a major, or a Senior in the midst of your job search, you will find people and resources at the Career Development Center to help you on your way.

Come to Drop-in Hours

Peer Advisors (PAs) are specially trained student workers who can help you with your career needs, including resume and cover letter critiques, getting started on the internship and job search, navigating online resources, and using the Career Development Center library. Drop-in hours are on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Career Development Center (Stevenson Hall - Longman Commons): Monday through Friday, 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Azariah's: Sundays and Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Science Center: Sundays, 3:00-5:00 pm

Sign up for a QuickStart Appointment

We want to help you with your career needs without taking a lot of your time. Sign up online for a 15-minute QuickStart appointment to share your career questions with one of our professional staff career advisors. We can get you started on the most effective and efficient actions, which may include scheduling a follow-up advising appointment.

Schedule an Advising Appointment

Our experienced advisors have a broad range of expertise and are happy to meet with students as well as recent alumni, either in person or by phone or Skype.

If you want to speak with an advisor please call 440-775-8140 or stop by the office in Stevenson-Longman to schedule an appointment. Please don't hesitate to use your chosen name! The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Typical conversations may cover:

Enhancing self-awareness

  • Exploring personal interests, values and skills
  • Choosing/changing a major
  • Career exploration...what's out there?

Finding opportunities to acquire knowledge, experience and education

  • Obtaining a Winter Term or summer internship
  • Finding opportunities within the Oberlin community
  • Transitioning to a post-Oberlin life
  • Identifying and researching potential employers
  • Planning for and applying to graduate and professional school

Developing skills for effective self-presentation

  • Developing a resume, cover letter, essay and/or other application
  • Preparing for auditions
  • Preparing for job, internship, fellowship and graduate school interviews
  • Connecting with alumni to learn about career fields

Appointments & Advising No-Show Policy

We understand that unexpected academic obligations, work commitments, and illnesses can affect your schedule. However, please advise the Career Center of any change as early as possible, as there is a high demand for appointments. Your cancellation will allow us to offer your time slot to another student. Be sure to check your schedule carefully in order to avoid multiple appointment cancellations.